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Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-October-2019  23:11:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Memory:
Zadak Spark RGB DDR4 4133 MHz 4x 8GB on Guru3D.
HyperX FURY RGB 16GB DDR4-3200 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Zowie S2 Black mouse on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Premium Level 20 RGB Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MP510 Mouse Pad on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-Inch) on Anandtech.
Dell XPS 13 two-in-one on ArsTechnica.

Networking:
AVM FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AC Wireless Repeater on NikKTech.
ASUSTOR AS-U2.5G USB-C 2.5Gbe Network Adapter on Tweaktown.

Storage:
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go 256GB on Tweaktown.
QNAP QNA-UC5G1T USB-C-to-5Gbe Adapter on NASCompares.

Misc:
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi X OC+ Graphics Card on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Workstation Motherboard on ServeTheHome.



Sunday Night (15 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-October-2019  22:38:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you still use a Yahoo Group for community discussion, be aware that Yahoo will be deleting them all on December 14th. Indeed, from tomorrow you won't even be able to post in them. Looking through the directory today, you can still find groups with thousands of members, and some groups have been active as recently as this year. Sadly, it seems that almost all of that internet history is going to be erased. In a support document, Yahoo says that, effective December 14th, it will be deleting all content that has been posted to Yahoo Groups. And it’s going to largely shut down the service even sooner, as you won’t be able to upload new content to your groups starting this Monday, October 21st.

Tweaktown have an Intel Core i9 9900K/KF Overclocking Guide. We give you the lowdown on overclocking Intel's Core i9 9900K/KF CPU on various brand motherboards with loads of tips and information.

Phoronix meanwhile compare AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon Cascade Lake in an unusual enterprise workload. One of those workloads that was recently added to the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org is Facebook's RocksDB, the company's embedded database that is forked from Google LevelDB. With RocksDB being designed to exploit many CPU cores and modern SSD storage, here are some benchmarks looking at how the Xeon Platinum 8280 stacks up against various new AMD EPYC 7002 series processors.

Two NASA astronauts recently completed the world's first all-female spacewalk. Christina Koch and Jessica Meir floated feet-first out of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Quest airlock on Friday lunchtime UK time, tasked with replacing a failed power control unit.

Telstra chairman John Mullen reckons the NBN was a waste of time because the normal private-sector competition would have provided a superior product by now anyway. "It is always easier to comment with the benefit of hindsight, but it is my view that over the last 10 years private sector competition between strong players such as Telstra, Optus, TPG and others was always going to build 100 Mbps broadband access and speed to the majority of the population of Australia, in an ongoing competitive landscape and at no cost whatsoever to the taxpayer," he said.

This has to be the ultimate DIY - making your own IC. Without further ado, I present the first home(garage)made lithographically-fabricated integrated circuit – the “Z1” PMOS dual differential amplifier chip. I say “lithographically-fabricated” because Jeri Ellsworth made the first transistors and logic gates (meticulously hand wired with conductive epoxy) and showed the world that this is possible. Inspired by her work, I have demonstrated ICs made by a scalable, industry-standard, photolithographic process.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-October-2019  22:06:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Shock Pro RGB Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Spotcam HD Cloud Camera on FunkyHome.
Tronsmart Element T6 Plus Bluetooth Speaker on FunkyKit.
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Thermaltake A700 TG full-tower on TechPowerUp.
Corsair 465X RGB video review by OCClub.
Streacom DA2 Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
Silverstone Lucid LD03 ITX on Modders-Inc.
Silverstone Lucid LD03 on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
GIGABYTE AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD on Vortez.
Team Group Cardea II 1 TB NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Patriot P200 512GB SSD on Modders-Inc.
iStorage datAshur PRO2 on NeoSeeker.
AKiTiO Node Lite SE Thunderbolt 3 on Tweaktown.
Patriot P200 Performance SSD on HWAsylum.
Addlink S70 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD - Is a cheap Amazon SSD worth it? on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Fractal Design Ion+ 760W Platinum on APHNetworks.
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G5 on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING OC on Tweaktown.
XFX RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra on LanOC.
ASRock RX 5700 XT Taichi on Vortez.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super WindForce OC 8G on ThinkComputers.

Networking:
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 AC2900 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
ASUSTOR AS-U2.5G USB-C 2.5Gbe Network Adapter on Tweaktown.

Misc:
ESP8266 Module on FunkyHome.
Autonomous Kinn Chair Review: Ergonomic, Unique Materials And Style on HotHardware.
ZADAK Spark RGB DDR4 4133MHz memory on Vortez.
Hands on with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on GamingNexus.
SilentiumPC Navis EVO ARGB 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.



Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-October-2019  14:37:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-October-2019  23:44:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-10710U Benchmarked: 14nm+++ Comet Lake on TechSpot.
ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3 on TechPowerUp.
ASRock X570 Steel Legend on Vortez.
MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi on OCClub.
ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 on Vortez.

Memory:
ADATA XPG Spectrix D60G DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Patriot Viper RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
G.Skill KM360 Keyboard on Guru3D.
CORSAIR K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Sensei Ten mouse on LanOC.
SteelSeries Sensei Ten Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless keyboard on TechGage.

Cooling:
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 on OCInside.
Cooler Master MasterAir MA620M RGB Cooler video review by OCClub.
Alphacool EISBAER Ex BLACK LCS AIO cooler on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Trident X 9th (Intel Core i7-9700K + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080) on TechPowerUp.
Dell XPS 13 Review: A Near-Perfect Intel 10th Gen Laptop on HotHardware.



ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact X570 Review & Guide (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-October-2019  08:54:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Forums member headin2001 has provided a hugely detailed review of the ROG Crosshair VIII Impact X570 motherboard from ASUS, for AMD Ryzen CPUs. He even covers how to get the most out of it when using some extreme cooling like LN2. Previously, the Impact has always been widely know as an extremely capable memory overclocking board, due to it's tighter in nature mini-ITX form factor and we still continue this trend on the new chipset. This time around though, in order for the engineers to fit all of the VRM components on-board instead of the former daughter board, as well as the AMD X570 Chipset, ASUS have now extended the board and extra 33mm to a mini-DTX form factor. This may mean checking compatibility with your chosen case, but should still fit a variety of small form factor cases. What we have is a seriously small, seriously capable motherboard in a perfect balance of engineering bliss and in my opinion, a very good looking package.


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Tuesday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-October-2019  22:59:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We haven't heard much about the Bloomberg report on alleged Supermicro spy chips from a year ago, but Wired have an article showing how it could be done - but not that it was. The NSA dismissed it as a false alarm. The Defcon hacker conference awarded it two Pwnie Awards, for "most overhyped bug" and "most epic fail." And no follow-up reporting has yet affirmed its central premise. But even as the facts of that story remain unconfirmed, the security community has warned that the possibility of the supply chain attacks it describes is all too real.

PCWorld report on some big 'n fast memory kits. On Thursday, Corsair became the first memory vendor to commercially ship DDR4 RAM that can break the 5GHz barrier on Ryzen 3000-based systems. The company’s 16GB Vengeance LPX kit, a pair of 8GB modules, are based on Micron dies and can hit 5GHz with a CAS Latency timing of 18 at 1.5 volts.

TechSpot have a shootout between the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super. Today we've got a massive 41 game benchmark comparing the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and Radeon RX 5700 head to head. This big comparison includes new titles such as Borderlands 3, Gears 5 and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. All the results are brand new and were gathered during the last week using the latest display drivers as well as the latest game versions.

Phi was very excited to discover some black Noctua coolers, and thought you all should know. Noctua today introduced the long awaited all-black versions of its award-winning NH-D15, NH-U12S and NH-L9i CPU coolers. Staying true to the successful formula of the original models, the new chromax.black versions with their black fans and black coated heatsinks combine the same signature quiet cooling performance with a sleek stealth look.

With the passing of Alexei Leonov recently, the first human to spacewalk, it seems appropriate that TechSpot have an article on the new high-tech space race. Quite a good recap of the space race so far, as well. But now there is a new race -- not of countries, but one fought by companies. Capitalism, growth, and business opportunities are the new fuels, and the goals are even bigger: not just back to the Moon, but on to Mars and beyond.

New firmware for the Raspberry Pi 4 lets you overclock it. If you're interested in overclocking your Raspberry Pi 4, you'll need to get comfortable with the Linux command line and have an SD card with the latest version of Raspbian Buster which, as of this publication, is the build released on September 26, 2019. It's free to download from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and installation is as simple as plugging an SD card into your PC and flashing the Raspbian image using an image writer like Etcher.

I stumbled across this interesting video on the transhumanism movement, where hobbyists and hackers modify their own bodies with technology. It’s been argued that humans are no longer evolving, but now a growing number of people are integrating technology directly into their bodies.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-October-2019  21:58:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Corsair VOID RGB ELITE Wireless headset on LanOC.
Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset on NeoSeeker.
Corsair HS60 PRO Surround Headset on Guru3D.

Storage:
Patriot P200 512GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Team Group’s USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable PD400 240GB SSD on BabelTechReviews.
BIOSTAR S120 - 256GB SATA SSD on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Dark Project ME1 gaming mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MM710 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
CORSAIR K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Fnatic STREAK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon RX 5700 Gaming X on Guru3D.
XFX Radeon RX 5700 DD Ultra 8GB GDDR6 on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
OnePlus 7T Review: Fast, Premium And A Fantastic Android Value on HotHardware.
Intel Gen 11 Graphics Takes Fight To AMD In Dell XPS 13 2-In-1 on HotHardware.

Networking:
EnGenius Neutron EWS377AP Wi-Fi 6 Managed Indoor Access Point on Tweaktown.
Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wi-Fi 6 router on Guru3D.
EnGenius ESR580 Dual Pack Home Mesh Network on Modders-Inc.

Cooling:
Scythe Ninja 5 CPU Cooler video review by OCClub.
Cooler Master ML240P Mirage AIO on OCInside.
Scythe Fuma 2 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Software:
Gears 5 Benchmarked at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K on Tweaktown.
Adrenalin Software Edition 19.10.1 Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.

Misc:
Defender 4K CCTV Security on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 32GB 3200MHZ CL16 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Mid-Tower ATX on NeoSeeker.



Win a Matrexx-EX Custom Gaming PC from PLE Computers (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-October-2019  19:12:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Sponsors PLE Computers have another contest, with a $2500 gaming PC up for grabs:


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Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-October-2019  13:54:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!










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